Israel angry at Swiss for meeting Hamas

16th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

An Israeli foreign minister is furious at Switzerland for meeting a delegation of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

Jerusalem -- Israel voiced its fury at Switzerland on Wednesday after its diplomats met a delegation from the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on the sidelines of a conference in June.

"We are angry, since Hamas is still considered as a terrorist organisation by the European Union, even if Switzerland is not an EU member," foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said.

"By officially receiving a Hamas delegation, Switzerland is not placing itself among those who support moderation," he said.

Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported that Swiss diplomats had met a Hamas delegation led by hardliner Mahmud Zahar in Geneva in June during a research institute conference.

Israel and the West consider Hamas, a group sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state, a terrorist outfit.

In April, Israel recalled its ambassador to Bern in protest at a meeting between Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz and his Iranian opposite number Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The hardline Iranian president has triggered outrage with his repeated calls for Israel to be "wiped off the map" and his questioning of the extent of the Holocaust.

AFP / Expatica

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